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Nominations for new CBGReAT members now open!

Hello Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate community,

It is the time of year again where the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Representatives Advisory Team (CBGReAT) is looking for nominations for new members for the 2020 calendar year!

CBGReAT is a group of elected student representatives who work directly with faculty in the Graduate Education Committee to facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty within the department. The group serves to represent graduate students’ interest in matters related to education and scholarship, with the goal of continually improving the graduate student experience in the department.

Things to know:

  1. Students can be either faculty-, peer-, or self-nominated. Faculty/students can only nominate a divisional representative if they self-identify with that division.  You may nominate anyone for the at-large position. Everyone nominated for a divisional position will automatically be considered for the at-large position.
  2. Graduate students who have completed their 1st year and do not anticipate graduating within the next calendar year are eligible to run.
  3. If elected, students will officially serve as a representative from Winter 2020 until Fall 2020.
  4. Nominate students via our google form. Multiple nominations possible, just fill out a form for each! CBGReAT Nominations Fall 2019
  5. Nominations are open starting today, 10/28 and ending next Friday, 11/8.
  6. See our charter draft for more info on representative responsibilities:

If you have any questions, please email us at, or come and visit us during CBGReAT lunch, Mondays from 12-1 in 417 LISB.

Thank you for taking time to nominate students for this important role!


What’s with the picture of the tunnel on the blog?

The honest answer is it came with the blog design and we don’t know how to change it. The more fun answer is that we’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time discussing how to use the photo as a metaphor for grad school. Some takeaways from the discussion on how grad school is like a long tunnel:

  • It’s long, so don’t hold your breath through it. Grad school is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • There are twists and turns.
  • It can sometimes be dark and scary.
  • Some areas of the tunnel are more well-lit than others.
  • It can’t always be seen, but there is light at the end.

Nominate an O/I/M Seminar Speaker!

It’s that time of the year again! Each year, CBGReAT works with the O/I/M faculty to invite a student-elected speaker to give a seminar. If you have a professor or a scientist that you are interested in bringing out to the UO to learn more about their work, please email CBGReAT with the prospective speaker’s name, institution, and a paragraph summarizing their recent work and why they are interesting. We will then compile the nominations, and send out a poll for a popular vote.

Please send in your nominations by October 14.


Fall 2019 Lunch Schedule

Lunches this term (Fall 2019) will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. every Monday in LISB 417! Bring your lunch and come discuss any ideas you have on how to make the department better! Or you can just come to hang out and discuss non-department things. We’re friendly and enjoy company, so feel free to join no matter the reason. Check out our calendar for updates to the schedule and to see what topics we might be discussing that day.
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